Procedures for Approval of Foreign Meat Establishments to Export Meat Products to Canada
The procedure for the written approval of a foreign meat establishment (referred to in this Annex as "establishment") to export meat products to Canada in accordance with section 9 of the Meat Inspection Act is generally as follows:
- The prerequisite condition for an establishment to export meat products to Canada is to have the meat inspection system of the country where the meat product originated and in which it was processed or stored (if storage establishment is different than the slaughter and/or processing plant) approved as detailed in Chapter 10, Annex B of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures (the "MOP").
- Where the foreign country meat inspection system is approved in accordance with Chapter 10, Annex B of the MOP, for each establishment that the Foreign Competent Authority (FCA) is considering eligible to export meat products to Canada, the FCA submits an official letter to the National Manager, Food Imports, CFIA, requesting the approval of the establishment to export meat product to Canada.
- The request includes information about each establishment in a formatted electronic document that can be cut and pasted or saved without CFIA having to manually enter the data on CFIA's list of approved establishments. An Excel or Word document is acceptable. A PDF scan is not acceptable.
- Following receipt of the official request from the FCA, the CFIA validates the information provided. The validation process includes confirming that the establishment is on the FCA list of approved establishments and whether the activity code(s) of the establishment correspond/s with those provided to the CFIA.
- If all the information reviewed is satisfactory and relevant Canadian import requirements (as per country specific Chapter 10, Annex A of the MOP) for approval are met, the establishment will be added onto the CFIA list of establishments approved to export meat products to Canada. Generally it takes less than 2 business days from the time the request is received until approval is granted. Meat products, including those in storage, that were produced before approval of the foreign establishment was granted by CFIA are not eligible for export to Canada.
- Establishments are approved to export meat products to Canada only after their information appears on the CFIA list of approved establishments on the CFIA website.
- The FCA is responsible to inform CFIA of any change in the information about the establishments listed on the CFIA website.
- The CFIA may remove the approval of an establishment, for example;
- in the event the establishment fails to meet the applicable Canadian import requirements set out in Chapter 10, Annex A of the MOP or the CFIA is advised that the establishment is no longer in operation. The CFIA may remove an establishment from the list of establishments approved to export meat products to Canada if there is documented history of non – compliant meat shipments being produced for and / or exported to Canada. Such establishments may be reconsidered for approval by CFIA to export meat products to Canada only if CFIA receives a request from the FCA and if CFIA is satisfied with the corrective and preventive action plans submitted by the establishment which have been satisfactorily verified by the FCA.
- An establishment involved in activities determined by CFIA to be fraudulent including, for example, attempting to misrepresent itself by being re-listed under a new establishment name and number, may not be listed or relisted as approved to export meat products to Canada.
- CFIA provides written confirmation to the FCA whenever an establishment is added to or removed from the list of establishments approved to export meat products to Canada.
- Note: Presence of an establishment on an approved list of a FCA does not necessarily mean that the establishment is approved to export meat products to Canada. The establishment must be on the CFIA list of approved establishments.
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